Wednesday, May 10, 2006

Strategic Retreat

So as not to give the impression that the staff retreat was merely fun and games, let me report that we spent all afternoon and the morning going through a Vision/Missions/Imperatives paper that Phil has been working on for months as part of the Strategic Planning Initiative. We also considered the implications of the Spiritual Health Survey. As with all the Session meetings, the retreat was marked by vigorous discussion and a good spirit of working together. This was the first time that the pastoral staff was able to discuss together at length how the SPI would affect the ministries they are responsible for. When the lengthy SPI process is done, whatever the final vision and implications that come forth, will be the result of involvement of the congregation, leaders, and staff. I grow more and more excited and confident of the Lord's work in all of this. Two traits about Phil strike me as I observe him through this process: one, is his ability to read, comprehend, and formulate lots of material at a deep and thorough level. The other is his desire to make the process one of true collaboration, submitting everything he produces to the examination of others. The result is a document that is being owned by everyone involved in the process, and which I no doubt will be owned by the congregation.


Anonymous karlrusso said...

I am excited to hear that the SPI continues to move forward. I'm encouraged to hear that there is great ownership in the plan by all involved so far. I am also excited and encouraged by the upcoming work by the committe of David Collins et al. that Frank Harder mentioned on Sunday.

Some people have asked me, and I don't know the answer so I submit the question here. What are the results of the Spiritual Health Survey? Understandably at the congregational meeting, only very basic tabulations were available. We were told that further analysis would be forthcoming as the analysis was conducted. It sounds like that has now been done. It may help us pray knowledgeably for the Session and the rest of the church.

3:55 PM  
Blogger M Clark said...

Good question. A full report is being prepared and will be distributed to the congregation I think in 2-3 weeks, maybe less.

5:30 PM  
Anonymous Jessie Bible said...

I'm glad you had such a productive time of discussion!

I am curious about how those ministries which do not have representation on the pastoral staff will be able to dialogue as you did. Is there some way to do this without bogging things down?

11:02 AM  

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